Treating an ACL Injury Following a Car Accident

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Advanced Spine discusses treating ACL injuries after a car accident

ACL injuries are common among those who have been involved in a car accident. The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the major ligaments in your knew. While they are commonly associated with sports injuries, ACL injuries may also result from a car accident. Some of the signs and symptoms of an ACL injury include:

  • A loud “pop” or “popping” sensation in the knee
  • Swelling of the knee that begins within a few hours
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Feeling unstable or like the knee is “giving away” when bearing weight
  • Experiencing too much pain to bear weight on the knee

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If you have any of the signs or symptoms of an ACL injury, you should see a doctor right away in order to obtain a prompt and accurate diagnosis. The severity of the injury will determine the type of treatment that is necessary. Depending on the severity, treatment options can range from simple rest and rehabilitation exercises to surgery. In the case of rehabilitation, the goal is to help you regain your strength and stability, while surgery will replace the torn ligament. Following surgery, rehabilitation will still be necessary to help rebuild your strength.

The knee joint is a complex structure of ligaments, bones, tendons and other tissues working together. Getting the proper treatment will ensure this system is functioning properly while reducing your risk of further complication. If you suspect that you may have sustained an ACL injury from a car accident, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab. We will assess your situation and help you determine the proper course of action for treating your condition.